Child Care Leader Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Child Care Leaders in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.22 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.97 per hour and $13.44. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Approximately one in three have medical and dental plans, and about one in seven have vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,866 - $45,302

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$7.97 - $13.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,866 - $45,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.67  
Total Pay (?
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$16,992 - $39,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $13.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.67  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,992 - $39,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Advancing into a Director of Child Care role seems to be a popular career move for Child Care Leaders, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $32K per year. More often than not, a Preschool Teacher role is the next step for Child Care Leaders moving up in the field. Preschool Teachers usually make $24K per year. Many other Child Care Leaders choose to take on a Daycare Teacher role, where salaries are typically $20K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Child Care Leaders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child Care Leaders make a median salary of $27K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $28K on average.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 64%
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